Saturday, June 5, 2021

Surprises...

👪 There have been a few surprises in the family tree lately...

When I  started this, my original plan was to learn something about my paternal side about which I knew little. My mother's first husband contributed to my conception but provided no support and nothing in the way of a paternal relationship. My mother always felt lucky to have gotten out of that marriage and beyond sharing a few details about that time, never mentioned him or wanted anything to do with anyone associated with him. The marriage foundered quickly.  Left with the sole custody of an infant daughter, my mother, at just 21, had far more important tasks confronting her. 

The last memories I have of seeing him or his mother I was not quite six. After the age of eight or nine, trips to see relatives other than the grandparents with whom I spent my childhood, were rare. I have cousins in every line of my tree I've never met. I've spoken with two recently and neither is interested in any further contact. The half-siblings from two subsequent paternal marriages and I have little in common beyond a social media connection.

I began this tree not knowing my paternal grandmother's maiden name. I've learned so much since that it boggles the mind. Newspapers offer a trove of information as do census records and wills if read carefully. Secrets and surprises may await.

This week, courtesy of my paternal great grandmother's line, I traced back to a six times great grandfather who came from Scotland, fought in the American Revolution,  apparently served with Light Horse Harry Lee and married an Ann Lee of North Carolina subsequently.  In the same line, a son married into the Carlton family, giving me yet another set of ancestors previously unknown. 

There are of course my maternal grandmother's birthright Quakers, an interesting contrast to all the warring, land-grabbing and slave-holding.

More research pending...




7 comments:

Live and Learn said...

You have discovered a lot. We recently opened up a wealth of information about my ancestors who also fought in the Revolution. It boggles the mind to think about.

Ms. Moon said...

Tracing your ancestry must be fascinating. I think about doing that but feel overwhelmed at how to begin.

Martha said...

Tracing ancestry is very interesting!

Elephant's Child said...

Have fun.
I have considered this exploration but have been daunted by the size of the task. I also suspect that many (most?) of my father's family died in World War 2. Including some of his immediate family.

Boud said...

Interesting discoveries. And your comments reflect an enormous amount of work.

Steve Reed said...

How cool that you're learning so much. Is the Carlton clan of which you speak the same as Doyle Carlton, and our common friend with that last name?

Wisewebwoman said...

Fascinating, the more unfolded the more interesting and the deeper we can dive into the rabbit holes of our own genealogy. I've done a lot of exploring into mine.

Well done!

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